Another in the Rivers of America series, but this one seems a poorer excuse for a subject. This history of the Chicago River might really be classed as a history of the city itself, for the river hardly extends beyond the city limits, nor does it have a history apart from the city. The approach is historical in sequence, beginning with the French exploration of the river under Father Marquette. It traces the growth of the city and the concurrent man-made changes in the river, the canal, the ditch, the building of bridges. It also traces political developments which took place on or about the Chicago, from the Indian settlements to Lincoln's nomination on to present day politics. It ends with a description of the city today and a bird's eye view of the literature which sprang from that locality. An undramatized account, in even newspaper style, which is not consistently interesting.